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Re: documentation typo: `--terminal' fails

From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: Re: documentation typo: `--terminal' fails
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 23:23:32 +0100
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"Robert J. Chassell" <address@hidden> writes:

>     >> `-t DEVICE'
>     >> `--terminal=DEVICE'
>     >>      Use DEVICE as the device for terminal input and output.
>     >>      `--terminal' implies `--no-window-system'.
>     >    In which way is this wrong?
>     > It fails to run Emacs although
>     >     $ /usr/local/src/emacs/src/emacs -Q -D --no-window-system
>     > does.
>     Because you forgot the DEVICE argument, which is clearly required
>     according to the documentation you quoted.
> No, the documentation clearly says that
>     `--terminal' implies `--no-window-system'
> and neither `--terminal' nor `--no-window-system' say they need an argument.

The doc clearly says that --terminal requires an argument.

> If the `--terminal' for `--no-window-system' needed a DEVICE argument
> I would expect it to say
>     `--terminal=DEVICE' implies `--no-window-system'

The argument is not part of the option name.

> Perhaps this trouble is an ambiguity of the documentation?

There is no ambiguity in referring to the option as --terminal.


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